This Is Not About Me


‘My mother thought I was the menopause’ – one of Britain’s greatest contemporary novelists turns her focus, in luminous, powerful prose, to her eccentric childhood in the 1950s and ’60s.

ISBN: 9781847080998 Author: Tester, Galloway Publisher: Granta Books Publication Date: 4th May 2009 Imprint: Granta Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.914 (edition:22) Pages: 339 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

From her earliest years with a boozy, accident-prone father and a reluctantly pragmatic mother, Janice Galloway grew up as a watcher – careful and vigilant. Then her parents” marriage broke up and mother and daughter moved to an attic above a doctor”s surgery. When her big sister Cora returned home, with her steady stream of boyfriends, snappy dress sense and matching temper, evasion became a way of life. This is a funny and telling book about the routine dependencies and confusions, hopes and triumphs of childhood; it is also a book about emergence, as, slowly, the beginnings of unsuspected rage pushed the silent girl towards her voice.

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